Sunshine Mountain East Ridge

MODERATE 3 reviews

Sunshine Mountain East Ridge is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ophir, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3930 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

This is the easiest approach to climb Sunshine Mountain. Hike up the old road cut until it ends. Then pick up the primitive trail that will gain the East Ridge, and follow the ridge all the way to the summit.

hiking
4 months ago

The views are terrific, but this hike is not for the faint of heart. It is VERY poorly marked. The first ascent from Ames to the cliff tops is well marked, and the path on the ridge is fine, but in between there is a dense woods and the trail completely vanishes. I got lost both on the way up and the way down and had to forage and follow deer paths for almost an hour each time. GPS would help.
For a day trip, park at the electric power plant in Ames (very historical) and follow the road up along the creek until you get to a foot bridge over the creek. The trail begins at an unmarked gate on the other side of the bridge.
Dense brush waist high that you have to push through, for most of the low-altitude trail.

hiking
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Very fun hike. The trail gets hard to follow and can be easily confused with animal trails. But just continue up along the ridge and once you reach treeline, the remainder of the route becomes clear.

hiking
Saturday, June 15, 2013